LPLA is partnering with the Izaak Walton League, who designed a unique approach to water monitoring. They train "Watershed Detectives" to go beyond data collection to actually pinpoint pollution sources for remediation. Using their training and framework, LPLA is organizing volunteers to investigate water quality in Hay Creek & Bullard Creek—two local trout streams impaired for E-coli. The program's end goal is to identify 1-2 locations ideal for remediation projects.
E-coli persistently exceeds water quality standards throughout the region, but its source and impact remain unknown. Together, we hope to shine light on this local mystery by expanding sampling sites, analyzing land use, and testing E-coli DNA to determine the animal origin.
No experience necessary to join. All training & equipment provided. It is a great opportunity for students, teachers, or anybody who loves the outdoors. (Individuals with water monitoring experience are needed for volunteer leads. Let us know if this is you!)
Fieldwork will start in August 2018 and continue through the fall, as weather allows (8-12 weeks). Volunteer monitors should expect to spend 2-4 hours/week sampling local streams, but some flexibility is available. Volunteer leads will need to commit a slightly greater amount of time and consistent availability from week to week.